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NYTimes: Meet the Democratic Candidates

NYTimes has taken the initiative and has recently presented defining profiles of 21 of 22 Democratic candidates for President. The profiles come from each cadidate’s answers to the same 18 questions about the upcoming Presidential contest and their reason for participating in it. Despite many requests by the NYTimes, Joe Biden declined to participate given that …

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Coursera and Group vs Individual Decisionmaking

I have been taking Coursera’s  Irrational Behaviour taught by Duke Professor Dan Ariely. The course concentrates on individual decision making and how decision methods depart from traditional rational  and economic utility models. There are compelling experimental and neuroscience proofs that a)individuals use different model or methods of decision making depending on circumstances[ the Kahneman and Tversky fast …

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Fundamental Problem in US Health Care:The Course

There is a superb free  course available from Coursera and the  University of Pennsylvania on  Health Policy and the Affordable Care Act. Dr Ezekiel Emanuel who is an Onclogist is a great speaker in this free Coursera program and he starts off by providing a clear chart of  the fundamental problem facing healthcare in the United …

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Coursera University Courses II

Update: Breaking on July 17. 2012 the NYTimes finally recognizes the profound impact Coursera and other free online university offerings are having on undergraduate education. Read it here or follow Takethe5th.com and get the story 3 months earlier and with live experience nuances. This blog has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Coursera University Courses …

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Two Superb, Free Online University Courses

Free online university courses have really hit their stride this quarter. Courses from Michigan, MIT, Stanford, University of California at Berkley are available now. Free course material has been available from a variety of sources. Near and dear to this blog  and web developer are the w3schools set of tutorials on all key coding in web development …

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NYTimes Japan Quake Coverage: A Web Triumph

If there was any doubt before, Japan’s earthquake and  tsunami removed any lingering ones and  revealed the NYTimes as the world leading masters of  Web interactive graphics and coverage.Our sister blog, Bookraft, has already pointed out some of the leading technologies used by the NYTimes for last year’s Winter Olympios. But covering the Japnese Earthquake …

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Richard Holbrooke Remembered

Richard Holbrooke was a liberal, a diplomat, and a tough negotiator. He died this past Monday. Foreign Policy a day later produced these remembrances of the Man. Even more telling is the gap. Who will takeover another of the thankless Holbrooke diplomatic tasks – US attache on the Afghan/Pakistan/Taliban War.

Are PC’s in Danger of Becoming Redundant ?

Progress on smartphones and tablets which are touch and gesture enabled are moving so rapidly that laptops and PCs are in danger of becoming redundant. Well if not redundant, consigned to specialized development tasks. What has happened is that woefully untapped need for touch-enabled computing has been explosively released first with the iPhone then Android …

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Saints Preserve US – US Senate Rescues Wall Street Gambling Dens!

MarketWatch has just reported that the Senate has made it safe to bet big and naked on Wall Street. An amendment to the Finance Reform Bill that would have outlawed  Naked CDS – Credit Default Swaps that are pure bets on what will happen on default positions taken by others; this prudish amendment has thankfully …

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Jane’s Walk 2010

Jane’s Walk is one of those best-ideas-since-Peanut-Butter events. Very simply people go for a walk on the weekend of May 1-2  in 25 cities in the US or 35 cities in Canada or 2 cities [so far] in Europe. Yes, a walk – a free guided tour  telling the history of an urban area including …

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